It’s been a rough season thus far for the four-time Sprint Cup Series Champion Jeff Gordon, but this weekend does treat Gordon with a special milestone. This weekend’s Southern 500 at Darlington marks Gordon’s 700th career start.
It really doesn’t feel like Gordon has been around as long as he has, but he surely has been around that long.
“I’ve been fortunate to race this long and have the type of career I’ve had,” said Gordon. “It’s really cool to see that this will be my 700th start, but it’s not something I really paid attention to. It’s hard to believe I’ve run that many – especially consecutively.”
This weekend will mark the first race with the Gen-6 car at Darlington. So it will add a new twist to Gordon’s old time favorite!
Gordon is known for his success at Darlington with a career average finish of 11.81 and seven career wins at the 1.333 miles oval.
What better way than to turn his season around than with a win at one of his most successful tracks at the same time as starting his 700th race. Gordon has raced all 700 races with Rick Hendrick and Hendrick Motorsports in the No. 24 Chevrolet.